The nice thing about being a real foodie, is that it takes up so much less pantry space! And a pantry filled with jars of ingredients is quite beautiful. A Pantry should be a place that when you look into it, your imagination takes off. It should inspire you to cook Your pantry should be uplifting. Let’s make it that way!
I want you to pull everything out of your pantry. There are probably things that need to be tossed or composted, expired or unused items that you know you never will use. If you have non perishable food items with good dates, but you don’t eat that way anymore, please donate it to a food bank.
- Remove all items from the pantry space.
- Clean all the shelves.
- Toss old food. Anything that is expired or stale, or was gifted to you and you know you’ll never use.
- Toss duplicate items, or combine them. I’m not talking about the multiple cans of tomato sauce. I’m talking about the excess spices, or several half eaten cans of salted nuts that just won’t get eaten.
- Look at each item and ask: Has this expired? If yes, throw it out. Do I use this? If no, throw it out. Do I like this? If no, throw it out.
- Purge the junk food. Do you have food that makes you feel guilty or gross? Get rid of it.
- Put food items back in an organized way: all can goods in one area, all pastas in one area, etc.
- Evaluate any non-food items. Do they belong in the pantry? Do you use them? Do they belong somewhere else?
- Toss any unused clutter.
- If there are items that don’t belong in the pantry, put them where they do belong.
Mason jars are perfect for a shelf full of dried goods. They work great for grains, legumes, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, dried fruit, dried veggies, pastas, etc.
If everything is stored in clear containers, it’s easy to see when things are running low. At a glance, you can write down your grocery list.
Real food pantry basics:
- Nuts, seeds and nut butters.
- Baking ingredients Celtic sea salt, arrowroot powder, baking soda, aluminum-free baking powder, vanilla extract, etc.
- Grains and flours, Rolled or steel split oats, rice, sprouted grain flours, etc. (or grain free options). Click here to purchase good quality grains or grain free flour.
- Natural sweeteners, such as raw honey, pure maple syrup, Rapadura (sucanat) and molasses. Click here to purchase natural sweeteners.
- Staples like pasta, canned sauce/tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, organic fair-trade cocoa powder and fair-trade chocolate chips
- Beans/legumes, such as black beans, navy beans, pinto beans and lentils
- Dried fruits, raisins, cherries, figs, cranberries, etc.
- Healthy oils, coconut oil and high quality virgin olive oil Click here to see where to purchase coconut oil
- Canned/bottled/packaged items, we all need some quick-meal items to fall back on when we have a crazy day, so we aren’t tempted to order pizza.
- Fresh fruit, most fresh fruit should be stored at room temperature. I keep these items in a fruit bowl on my hutch. See pictures here.
Have you been inspired to clean out your pantry? Leave a comment and let me know!